Education and Training in Pharma
Science Job Descriptions & Salaries

Science Background

Potential Job Roles and Salaries

What kind of roles would I be suitable for based on my science/lab background?

If you CURRENT or PREVIOUS job was in SCIENCE/LAB, you could retrain to perform the SAME OR SIMILAR job within the pharmaceutical or medical device manufacturing industry.

Here are some of the typical roles and the expected salaries:

Biochemist

Scientific professionals who study and explore the chemical processes with biological organisms. Within the pharmaceutical industry, biochemists are employed within research and development departments as well as within quality teams in manufacturing departments.

Science Job Descriptions & Salaries
  • Starting Salary: €35,000 to €40,000
  • After 2 Years: €40,000 to €45,000
  • After 5 Years: €45,000 to €60,000
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  • Starting Salary: $65,744
  • After 2 Years: $82,180
  • After 5 Years: $98,616

Laboratory Technician

Assist industry scientists in their research and testing. This can involve a number of different tasks and these tasks can vary greatly between roles. Within the pharmaceutical industry, laboratory technicians can be employed in research and development or in production and manufacturing. As a result, the work can be based in a laboratory or on a production line, depending on the specific responsibilities of the role.

Science Job Descriptions & Salaries
  • Starting Salary: €25,000 to €28,000
  • After 2 Years: €28,000 to €32,000
  • After 5 Years: €32,000 to €35,000
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  • Starting Salary: $39,816
  • After 2 Years: $49,770
  • After 5 Years: $59,724

Microbiologist

A scientific professional who studies microorganisms. They play a key role in pharmaceutical or medical device manufacturing by testing to monitor levels of microbial contamination at all stages of the manufacturing process.

Science Job Descriptions & Salaries
  • Starting Salary: €28,000 to €33,000
  • After 2 Years: €33,000 to €45,000
  • After 5 Years: €45,000 to €53,000
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  • Starting Salary: $61,480
  • After 2 Years: $76,850
  • After 5 Years: $92,220

What Courses Do I Need to Take?

What courses do I need to take to successfully retrain for a science role in this sector?

You would need to take 2 Modules, Fundamentals of Pharmaceutical Manufacturing and Commissioning & Qualification (IQ OQ PQ) of Equipment and Systems but this will depend on the details of your work experience and your academic background as you may already be qualified enough to get a job in this sector.

Science Job Descriptions & Salaries

This Module aims to give you a broad understanding of Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technologies, the rules which govern manufacturing and the guidelines on how these are applied.

Followed by;

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This is a practical hands-on workshop driven course whose aim is to explain the engineering documentation used to specify and design equipment or systems in a manufacturing facility.

Available Jobs

Pennsylvania’s Pharma Jobs Board

Check out Pennsylvania’s largest jobs board focused exclusively on the pharmaceutical and medical device sector and see what jobs are available.
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Irish Pharmaceutical Jobs Board

Check out the Irelands largest pharmaceutical and medical device jobs board and see what jobs are available.
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UK Pharma Jobs Board

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